New ways to explore the world’s most popular cities
Think you’ve ticked the big cities off your list? Think again – it’s time to see your favourite travel destinations like never before.
Sail to the big sights, NYC
Reclined, glass of chilled white in hand, aboard a glossy private yacht on the Hudson River has got to be the most civilised way to survey the massive Manhattan skyline. Pick up an Atlantic Yachting charter at 79th Street Boat Basin and point at the Statue of Liberty, Brooklyn Bridge or any highlight you fancy – your expert skipper and crew know how to catch the wind and get an unforgettable perspective.
Buzz the backstreets on a Vespa, Rome
Tap into the real Rome as you zip, bump and curve up the vibrant vias that link the Colosseum, Trastevere, Piazza Venezia and the must-sees on your list. On a four-hour Bici & Baci Grand Tour of Rome Tour in a vintage Fiat 500, a local driver dodges the tired tourist trail and stops at the gelato and espresso joints only insiders know about. Even if you’ve done the Eternal City before, you’ll get a fresh taste – and blasting around in a classic little ride never gets old.
Cruise the bohemian canals, London
Aboard the charmingly bright old-school canal boat Jenny Wren, get a look at the offbeat, artistic London you never knew about. Pushing off from Camden Lock and coasting past London Zoo and Regent’s Park, this 90-minute round-trip cruises to poet Robert Browning’s Island in Little Venice, now lined with cafés and bars. Beats the tube.
Soak at an Onsen Theme Park, Tokyo
When you’ve been overwhelmed by the sight of endless electric lights, discover the chill art of hot springs, Tokyo-style, at the city’s Tokyo Obaido Oedo-Onsen Monogatari amusement park. Sink into the soothing waters of a natural hot spring in open-air and indoor spa baths, then slip on a yukata robe to snack on yakitori at Edo-themed eateries. Hey, why not learn how to throw a ninja star? Tokyo loves tradition with a touch of kitsch.
Eat inside the supertree, Singapore
You’ve seen the electric Avatar-ish “trees” installation at Gardens at the Bay. But who knew you could dine on crispy Kurobuta lychee beignets and the city’s signature chilli crab at the top of the tallest one? At Supertree by IndoChine restaurant, elegant food is served with the buzz of being inside an utterly alien world.
Sleep in a tree house, Bangkok
One visit to Bangkok and you quickly learn that it’s frantically crammed with concrete, spice-sizzling food stalls and relentless traffic, with hushed temples barely giving the city breathing space. And it’s glorious. But next time, get a fresh feel at Bang Kachao, a jungle-tangled artificial island in the Chao Phraya River and the city’s green lung. Hire a bicycle and coast serenely between rural villages, quiet rivers and floating markets. To truly tune into nature, sleep in a raised wooden nest that’s open to the sky at eco retreat the Bangkok Treehouse.
Do more than ski in a ski town, Queenstown
Pull your next trip to New Zealand’s most celebrated snow region forward. Queenstown is a lush cornucopia of locally foraged, fished and paddock-raised food and wine around the autumn harvest before the freeze kicks in. Sample the region’s next-level pinot noirs and chardonnays on a private wine tasting tour (by Mercedes or Range Rover – your call) of the Central Otago wine region with Altitude.
Get cultured in Kowloon, Hong Kong
Hong Kong Island is magnetic but Kowloon, the “dark side” on the mainland peninsula connected to China, is getting sophisticated. Amid the heaving markets and street food stalls, the new, slickly modernist Art Park of West Kowloon’s Cultural District has emerged. Catch outdoor music and unique performances such as the Standard Chartered Teahouse Theatre Experience, which recreates the vibe of a 20th century Hong Kong teahouse with traditional Chinese theatre and dim sum.
Fly with the falcons, Dubai
Take a hot air balloon 1219 metres above the Arabian desert as it shimmers at dawn with the world’s fastest bird rocketing in and out of your basket. Falconry is a sport-slash-art form in the UAE and Balloon Adventures Dubai lets you see the dunes and trained peregrines as they soar from a falconer’s arm, out across the Hajar Mountains and back again as you all float in mid-air.
Do a jetski tour, Vancouver
It’s the gateway to adventure travel, hemmed by dramatic mountains for rugged outdoor challenges, but Vancouver city is not short on thrills of its own. Inlets, straits, harbours and lagoons carve through the skyscrapers and ‘hoods of the city like glimmering blue veins – so why stick to dry land? Thread through the waterways on a private, custom seadoo tour with Vancouver Water Adventures to see the secret side of the city with a side of adrenalin.
You can use a Qantas Travel Money card for all of these experiences – and more
It’s the only travel money card that earns Qantas Points. Lock in rates on up to ten foreign currencies1 and enjoy 1.5 points for every dollar spent on eligible purchases on your overseas adventure2.
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